Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In 12 Days

In 12 days Ryan and I will be celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary. 12 years!? That's really kind of a long time when you think about it. It's also really not. The time has flown by. And it hasn't. We've changed and grown in so many ways. In some ways, we haven't. (Ryan knows what I'm talking about.) We learn more about each other each day. There are some things about each other that we'll never figure out. Ryan is the same size he was when we got married. I'm not. (Although, I am getting close. ☺) We still love each other. That part hasn't changed. In fact, I would say that we love each other even more and it's only going to grow with each passing year.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Angry Birds, Angry Christa

Have you ever heard of this app for the iPhone and iPod? I let Tyler download the demo version of it a few months ago. He was the only one who played it for the longest time. He would rave about how fun it was and tell me that I really needed to try it. I finally did. He was right. It was kind of fun and, well, stupid at the same time. And by stupid, I mean stupid in the way that it's hard to put it down. I went through all of the demo levels and was perfectly content with it. Tyler kept telling me I needed to buy the full app because there's only so much you can do with the demo. I told him there was no way I was paying $0.99 (steep, I know ☺) just to fling birds at pigs. Last week, I finally caved and did it. Again, because it's stupid, hard to put down and hypnotizes you into wanting more.

Now, I did say that it was fun, but it is also INFURIATING. At least it is to me. The whole concept is you fling birds from a slingshot at pigs who are surrounded by increasingly complicated structures. You destroy the stone, wood, rocks, etc and in the process, you hopefully bean the pigs and destroy them. If you don't get the pigs, the blankety blank things smile, snort and laugh at you. I finally had to start playing with no sound so I didn't have to hear the condescending noise. (You're right. Patience is not one of my virtues.) You can't advance to the next level until you complete the current one. Duh! That sounded dumb, but you get what I mean.

I was stuck for two days on a level that for the life of me, I just couldn't complete. I can't even begin to describe the amount of rage I was feeling over being unable to do it. I was at my wit's end until I finally decided to do what my kids do. I turned to the Internet to solve my gaming problem. I went to the maker's site and found tutorial videos for each level. I watched the one I was stuck on, went back to the game and did it just like the tutorial showed and wouldn't you know it. I was able to smash the stupid pigs on that try. I screamed, did a victory dance and then yelled at my iPod, "take that you stupid pigs. Let's see you try and outsmart Christa again. I have the Internet and tutorial videos on my side now. Prepare to die!" Yes, I am a huge dork and I am officially addicted to a thoroughly stupid game. Oh well.